Emergency Gas Reserved for First Responders, State Says

After crowds flooded the free mobile fueling stations, state officials told the public to wait for emergency vehicles to fill up first.


After crowds flooded the free mobile fueling stations set up Saturday, the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs issued an advisory asking the public to keep away from the pumps until emergency vehicles could fill up, according to the Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Department of Defense set up mobile fueling stations in each borough and across Long Island offering free gas with a 10-gallon limit per person. 

But after long lines formed, the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs issued an advisory asking the public to stay away until more fuel is released.

Here are the locations of the fueling stations:

Brooklyn Armory 
1579 Bedford Ave. 
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Queens Armory 
93-05 160th St. 
Jamaica, NY 11433

Bronx Armory 
10 West 195th St. 
Bronx, NY 10468

Staten Island/Elizabeth Armory 
321 Manor Road 
Staten Island, NY 10314

Freeport Armory 
63 Babylon Turnpike 
Freeport, NY 11520

deb hochman November 03, 2012 at 08:01 PM
When will we get gas?
Brooke November 03, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I absolutely agree that first responders should get priority, but at least be up front with the public so they can make an informed decision as to whether they want to risk using gas to get there and coming home with less gas than they had in the first place.
Barbara November 03, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Yes Brooke you are right in your thoughts Of course you dont need me to tell you that. Everything is so political. Seems like the government makes all these decisions to keep us off the road, as Lyle said previously. First responders should definately have priority. The problem is sometimes there is an emergency for the private citizen and we wonder why it is taking so long for trucks to go to all gas stations. It would alleviate so much anxiety. I know Sandy has caused devistation to everyone, some more than others. Why is there only one gas station in each borough with gas?
Frank Comment November 03, 2012 at 08:44 PM
The police, fire depts and all other first responders have their own pumps to fuel from. Second, the armory is NOT a public fueling point. THE FUEL IS NOT FREE FOR THE CIVILIANS ANYWHERE !!!
Frank Comment November 03, 2012 at 08:45 PM
The problem was, the coast guard was not releasing the tankers to fuel trucks.
Frank Comment November 03, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Youll get fuel when the stations all have electricity and they are able to pump. Some have generators but the civilian line is loing and out of control;. The local police and state police are at most stations providing securitty because less than human drivers are impatient, anger motivated and drugged up. At least 7 motorists were arrested out on LI for being intox and trying to cut the fuel line. Some of these yo-yo's waiting for gas and seriously limited in intelligence and are displaying uncivilized attitudes,
Barbara November 03, 2012 at 09:04 PM
If the Armory is not open to the public then why is it listed? I know it is not free, but can we get fuel there if we pay?. Thank you.
Barbara November 03, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Bloomberg is on TV ...said a few more days and things such as gas for cars will be available. Just what I heard, not sure what and who to believe.
Barbara November 03, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I was not aware that FEMA, is actually a loan. If your credit is not great and you have lost your home and or busines they will not give you help. I am very surprised about this and had to make all aware. I have a wonderful friend with three teenagers who went through this problem with Hurricane Irene
Amy Sara Clark November 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
According to WNYC the Brooklyn Armory is not restricting gas to first responders. As of 5:55 p.m. they were still giving out gas to anyone who got in line and right now the line is orderly. However, WNYC reports the line takes hours—some people have waited 7 hours for the gas.
Laura November 03, 2012 at 11:51 PM
How about first responders trying to get TO work? I'm a correction officer and I will get penalized if I don't report, but I can't get gas. I have been on line for 6 hours in Brooklyn. I am going to miss my shift! DOC has no sympathy or tolerance and Bloomberg sucks!
Jennifer Pollock November 04, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I am a first responder and will seek gas in the morning. where can i go in BK that will give me first priority?
Lisa November 05, 2012 at 02:42 AM
You will not get first priority, but you do stand a better chance of getting gas than the rest of the public and ypur wait is not as long. I waited 1 1/2hrs at rogers av/empire blvd though I am a first responder. So give yourself some time to wait for the fuel even though you're in the first responders lone.
Lisa November 05, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Hey pollock, hope everything turned out all right for you. It's Murray.
Carole G. November 05, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway say a whole lot of NOTHING re: Gowanus Canal Flooding and A Very Anxious Mother writes to CORD http://carrollgardenspetition.blogspot.com/2012/11/empty-words-from-cas-halloway-and-mayor.html
Barbara November 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Could this be a dress rehearsal for an attack? Has nature shown us we are not prepared? Of course I hope not but it is a shame that so many have to pay for the lesson in so many ways. The easiest part is the gas situation. Why it's taking so long to have that brought back to normal is so rediculous.


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